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    Filed at 9:47 pm under by dcobranchi

    I know I’ve been complaining lately about the annual spate of “back to homeschool” stories, but this one really caught my interest:

    No one knows how many home schooled children there are in Israel today. Many people are surprised to learn that there are any at all, but there are dozens, probably hundreds and the number is increasing.

    It sounds as if the regulatory atmosphere is in flux, but — as is the case in the U.S. — those who stand on their rights are left alone:

    Home schooling is now legal in Israel but parents who wish to home school are required to apply for permission. Some do and some don’t. Those who do make the application, don’t always receive an answer, even after meetings with and visits from supervisors.


    The families’ general impression is that national and local powers-that-be only hassle those families that they perceive as being weak, such as those of lower economic standing, new immigrants and single parents. The others are left in relative peace.

    The most fascinating aspect of this piece is that most of the people interviewed are American transplants. Is homeschooling going to turn out to be our most planet-altering export?

    One Response to “THIS YEAR IN JERUSALEM”

    Comment by
    J Aron
    August 31st, 2004
    at 9:13 pm

    Given the number of Evangelicals going to Israel I wouldn’t be surprised if they were from HSLDA…